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University Hospital Essen

Essen, Germany


Department of Cardiology


Tienush Rassaf

Prof. Dr. med.

Tienush Rassaf

Specialized in: cardiology

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  • Seit 2015 Direktor der Klinik für Kardiologie am Westdeutschen Herz- und Gefäßzentrum, Universitätsklinikum Essen

Beruflicher Werdegang

  • 2009-2015 Oberarzt in der Klinik für Klinik für Kardiologie, Pneumologie und Angiologie, Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf
  • 2010 W2 Heisenberg-Professor der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • 2008-2009 Oberarzt in der Klinik für Kardiologie, Pneumologie, Angiologie und Intensivmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Aachen
  • 2005-2008 Assistenzarzt in der Klinik für Kardiologie, Pneumologie, Angiologie und Intensivmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Aachen
  • 2003-2005 Assistenzarzt in der Klinik für Klinik für Kardiologie, Pneumologie und Angiologie, Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf
  • 2002-2003 Stipendiat der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie – Herz- und Kreislaufforschung (DGK) am Institut für Herz- und Kreislaufphysiologie der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • 2001-2002 Stipendiat der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) im Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, USA
  • 2000-2001 Arzt im Praktikum (AiP), Klinik für Klinik für Kardiologie, Pneumologie und Angiologie, Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf

Abschluss des Studiums

  • 2000 Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

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  • 1994 – 2000 Studium der Humanmedizin an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf und und am Texas Heart Institute, University of Texas, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2008 Habilitation
  • 2001 Promotion

Wissenschaftliche Interessensgebiete / Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Myokardiales Ischämie-/Reperfusionssyndrom, ischämische Prä- und Postkonditionierung, hypoxische Vasodilatation, NO-Stoffwechsel, hypoxisches Nitrit-Signaling

The goal of the Department of Cardiology at the Essen University Hospital is to provide the best patient medical care. The Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Tienush Rassaf offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for an optimal treatment of the entire spectrum of cardiovascular diseases.

The Department of Cardiology at the Essen University Hospital specializes in diagnosis and treatment of ischemic heart disease, myocardial diseases and diseases of the heart valves. The specialization includes catheter diagnosis in case of ischemic heart disease, acute myocardial infarction, heart valve stenosis, insufficiency and congenital or acquired heart diseases in adults. 

Moreover, within the framework of the Essen Association for Heart Attack, the Department is responsible for the twenty-four-hour emergency service of one of four city districts. The Essen University Hospital has the Internal Emergency Unit and the Chest Pain Unit. The Department pays particular attention to the identification of risk factors and counseling on individual nutrition in case of heart problems, as well as offers a comprehensive preventive diagnosis upon screening. 

The research activity of the Department develops with the participation of the German Research Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is focused on the development of the most up-to-date multimodal non-invasive imaging methods.

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Cardiology at the Essen University Hospital ranks among the top German departments specializing in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases!

The range of diagnostic and therapeutic services of the Department of Cardiology at the Essen University Hospital includes:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD), including balloon dilatation (PTCA), rotary dilatation and coronary recanalization of vessels (CTO), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and measurement of the fractional flow reserve (FFR)
  • Treatment of heart valve diseases: 
    • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)
    • Interventional mitral valve reconstruction (MitraClip)
    • Valvuloplasty 
  • Treatment of terminal heart failure, including heart transplant and support system for the left heart (LVAD)
  • Treatment of structural / congenital heart diseases:
    • Interventional closure of the atrial appendage (LAA Occluder) 
    • Interventional closure of patent foramen ovale and closure of atrial septal defect 
    • Ablation for HCM 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases with aortic stenting 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmia 
  • Cardiovascular emergency medicine – 24/7 Department for Heart Attacks  
  • Cardiovascular intensive care medicine 
  • Cardiovascular imaging diagnosis 
  • Cardiovascular prevention and screening 



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